UK Funky March Round Up 2010

March has seen some varied events take place within the UK Funky scene. Crazy Cousinz have returned with another high quality produced video for their track ‘Searching for You‘, showing that they’ve all but gone quiet on the production side.

BBC 1Xtra has opened it’s doors to welcome not only one, but two of the scene’s DJ/Producers. Both Swindle and Illmana are due to start their shows in May, so ensure to keep an eye open for further information regarding this in the near future.

Swindle has been hitting with major impact. His release ‘Who Said Funk‘ caused major damage but being discontent, he will be giving us another helping with a further release scheduled for late April. MA1 has finally released ‘High Definition‘ to the pleasure of all the DJs that having been waiting in awe since it made an appearance a couple months back which can be found on iTunes. Another long awaited release is Roska’s self-titled album which will be released on the Rinse Recordings label on April 5th available via iTunes and all good music stores. Roska will also be travelling the US spreading the sounds of Kicks & Snares during April; the man is on a worldwide domination mission! Last but not least, Naughty Raver is teaming up with Rachel Ryan to release ‘Tease Me‘ via UKFunky.Com‘s MP3 store on 5th April, so be sure to cop that and all of the aforementioned and show your support for the UK Funky movement.

But with releases in mind, the Funky scene has been dealt a major blow alongside all the other underground genres, with the closure of one of the main record stores. Rhythm Division based in Bow, East London closed it’s doors on March 27th to the despair of many members within the music scene. Although the shop will still be trading via their online store, the closure has reignited the concerns of the lack of availability for music produced within the scene. MP3 stores like UKFunky.Com and Dubplate.Net dedicated to the scene provide a platform for producers and artists to sell new music, but many don’t utilise it. In effect, this restricts the catalogue, making it hard for upcoming DJs (who don’t get tracks directly from producers) and music lovers to purchase the music they hear on radio or in clubs, being played by their favourite DJs….

Expect more on the subject in the near future. It’s the current HOT topic!!


Back with a BANG-ER!!!

Many have been asking where Crazy Cousinz have been….. Truth is they haven’t been anywhere, just floating around around while riding the wave of the storm.

But as things have started to get quieter, they’ve stepped back into the limelight with MC Versatile on board once again, with Baby K on the vocals….. This time around, they’re all searching….

Have they found your hearts again??

What do you think of this one?

Da-Mju:zik Gets Me Funky!

Da-Mju:zik Magazine is back with another issue and are repping HARD for the UK Funky Movement this month…… With an interview with S.E.F from Deep Teknologi from DJ Sef, a Behind the Scenes peek at the Angel Brothers video shoot for their upcoming single ‘Put Your Hands Up!’ by PSG, Tiger S & Shizzio produced by Front Cover star Hardhouse Banton, The OFFICAL UK HOUSE & FUNKY CHART provided from BM Soho (formerly Blackmarket Records) plus charts from Angie B, DJ Sef and Deep House, Beats & Dubbage reviews from Circle’s Tippa……. There is more than insight!!!

Check it out by clicking the image below…….

There is also a mix up to accompany the magazine this month from feature upcoming UK Funky DJ Tubz who has been causing a whirlwind of recent, which can be heard here:

UK Funky’s Dead!!

If you agree with the above statement, I can already assume that you either weren’t into Funky in the first place, turned off as the fruition of MC tracks took place, or alternatively turned on. This is said because with empathy, it would be agreed.

The UK Funky sound grew much faster than any person could’ve anticipated. Many got accused of jumping on the trend because it was the sound of the moment, while others were turned off by some of the turns taken within the evolution of the music. Others stayed and continued to work on their own personal developments and signatures within their contribution to the music. All the while, what the basic definition of what ‘UK Funky’ sounds like, remained and still does remain undecided by the masses.

As it was the MC tracks that gained the most mainstream attention, this is the identification made by those who took notice, or walked away, at the point of commercial breakthrough. The MCs are getting the most blame for ‘killing the scene’ but it has to be questioned… Why are the MCs getting the blame? Surely it wasn’t the MCs playing the music, it was the DJs… Why were the DJs playing them? Was it the DJs getting hype in the clubs? A DJ is there to entertain, but if you’re a DJ who is also blaming the MCs, were you not wheeling up their tracks in hope to ‘shutdown’? The hype you helped to create is what led to A&R interests. Make it Funky for Me and In The Morning just about got savoured, but there were so many other quality vocal tracks which got left by the waste side. How many of those got wheeled up 6 times in the clubs? Are DJs not also supposed to teach their audiences about the music too?

The MCs never ruined Funky, they helped it gain attention. But for those that require an MC to acknowledge the music as Funky, your only hope is for Funky Dee to retain his throne with another Napa anthem this year. Or maybe the island will birth another star. If not Funky to you is dead.

It has to be begged to differ. Trilla was recently on Radio 1 in doing a live gig in a Newcastle University with Tim Westwood and Mista Jam, as was Funky veteran Donaeo. With both artists tearing the house down, how is it possible for the sound to be dead? One artist is from Birmingham and Funky is labelled a London sound. Surely for someone from the Midlands to get this kind of response in North Yorkshire shows growth. Evidently the borders have been truly demolished.

The sound of Funky has been making presence internationally, recognised and even being produced in countries that have never witnessed the London club scene. Some even boasting a club culture of their own. The DJs within these countries tend to be more supportive of the people making the music. So it has to be asked, how many DJs within the UK circuit really support producers by purchasing their music? With that said, if you’re a DJ, when was the last time you asked a producer to send you a track using your title as a reason why they shouldn’t decline? It doesn’t stop at DJs, how many ‘UK Funky Lovers’ invested in the music with an official compilation in their shopping cart? But when did you last download a mix CD? The MC tracks got signed largely due to the hype on the rave scene within the clubs, but how many felt they were worth the 79p?

The birth of UK Funky was first embraced for it’s rebirth of love and unity within the clubs and the control given back to the DJs. This unfortunately got lost along the way. But the lack of unity does not rest there, as the frequent highly political occurrences have resulted in a very cliquey music scene, in which everybody is accused of being out for themselves. It’s not expected for all to be sharing their Sunday dinner, but surely the scene requires a business-like element to it instead of friendship rings. If not, how heavy is the scene as a contender against the more business like genres within the other elements of the music industry?

The MCs have not been able to continue feeding their audience thus far, and the A&Rs seem to no longer be floating, so anybody wishing to make a quick buck or hoping the jump on a wave of hype can definitely say that their dreams have surely died. But the original sound of Funky has continued to progress within its soulful and tribal elements of the genre, therefore bringing the overall sound back to what the connoisseurs originally fell in love with. To them, Funky is not dead, but more revived, living under the House shelter in refuge.

In saying this, music does not die, it evolves. So unless you’re listening to it in the middle of a cemetery, any kind of music cannot be associated with death. But Logan Sama put across something similar to the above whilst the masses claimed that Grime was dead. Since then artists of the genre have topped national charts on a number of occasions, doing more for UK music that had taken place prior. So even if you’re one that is adamant that Funky is definitely finished, and all the above is garbage, keep an open eye glued.

Tribal Magz in Tears….

He came and introduced himself and told us he was feeling funky, so he went up in a treehouse and played a part in taking up higher…. Now he’s back with this……

What do you think of this one? Leave Comments!!

UK Funky February Round Up 2010

February has been a positive month for UK Funky music wise. Donaeo celebrated 10 years in the music scene since the release of his Garage since Bounce. A track which still receives a loving reception in the clubs, displaying further why he is a leader within the UK Funky genre and letting his music show his experience. The North West Londoner still remains humble and focused on his mission which is something that many members of the scene would say have earned him their respect as well as admiration. UK Funky has treated Donaeo well and his next steps are eagerly anticipated. He doesn’t usually leave us hanging so keep those eyes peeled for his next move.

Many other members are also gaining recognition including Swindle, Digital Dubstar, Funky Stepz and Naughty Raver to name a few, who have been paving the way for the ‘new age’ producers on the circuit with the levels of ethic being displayed. Swindle has been tipped as one to look out for in future by DJ Mag, FunkyStepz are also getting lots of attention from mainstream radio stations as well as featuring on Cameo’s 1xtra show. Digital Dubstar and Naughty Raver have been bubbling on the circuit for a little while now, but I sense that one or both of them are also due to blow. Coming from the Jungle and Bassline scenes respectively, these are 2 producers who are offering their own personal edge within their productions. Keep an eye out for all of these.

Music videos are in heavy production with the most high profiled hosted by Angel Brothers (founded by Garage veteran PSG) for Hard House Banton ft. PSG, Tiger S & Shizzio – Put Your Hands Up, which attracted major media attention, as well as from members within the scene. The shoot was sponsored by club Amadeus in Rochester. Kent’s super nightclub and they performed live to over 2000 people during the shoot which included an afterparty with legendary DJ EZ. Expect a lot of coverage and cameos for that one

Talking about clubs, (this is where the negative points come in) there has been heartbreak felt across the club scene with closures and licence revocations happening in London. Events are being cancelled or moved at last minute and it’s causing a lot of pain and anguish for many promoters, ravers, DJ and other participants of the raving scene. Plastic People in Shoreditch which is home of the Rinse FWD event (poster which was also featured in Eastenders), is under serious threat of closure which would be a major shame as the club has no reports of violence or disorder around it. There is a Facebook Group set up in support and an online petition that everybody needs to get involved with to keep one of London’s most diverse underground music clubs trading.

Producer Footsteps has launched a campaign stating that 2010 is the year of the DJs & Producers and thus far it seems to be the case. But with his female partner in crime A.L. (you may remember them teaming up to make the track Tell Me) causing a storm of her own, it is far from evident whether this will be the case come December 2010.

We’ll see….